Pioneering Kosovo Soap Gets Viewers’ Thumbs-Up

Kosovo’s first homemade soap opera, “Stine Dashurie”, does not deal in subtle plot lines.

The main character in “Seasons of Love” - to give it its name in English - moves back from Switzerland to Kosovo.

Alban has a job with the EU rule-of-law mission, EULEX, and is caught in a love triangle involving a co-worker and her best friend.

To add to the mix, his family has also been involved in a long-standing blood feud.

The soap premiered early in March and is set for a two-year, 70-episode run. It is a first in Kosovo, where the viewing diet usually consists of low-budget imports from Turkey, Western Europe and Latin America.

Trim Musliu, one of the show’s producers, said the series will have a uniquely Kosovo stamp.

“A lot of issues that come up will arouse the interest of TV viewers in Kosovo,” Musliu predicts. “There will be love, blood feuds, intrigues, the problem of corruption and other socio-economic problems that the country faces. It simply reflects the reality in Kosovo,” he adds.

The first few episodes take a look at the yawning economic disparities in the country. On the one hand there is the family of a bank worker whose father is a hardworking watchmaker.

But her best friend’s father, meanwhile, owns a big company and bribes someone to stay quiet during a EULEX corruption investigation.

It’s all done with characteristically dramatic soap-style acting.

The soap strikes a different tone to other domestic TV productions, which have generally been light comedies.

Visare Aliu, a writer for the comedy show “Familja Moderne” (“Modern Family”), said she was happy the new series had appeared, and praised its production values.

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